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May 26, 2006
When D* completes its change over to mp4 what is supposed to happen to those of us with the old mp2 equipment? (Not sure I've got the terminology correct so help me as needed).
I'm not talking changing to HD just continuing SD services. I currently have 2 D*tivos in use.
To get any of the programming that goes MPEG4, you'll need to get a new receiver.

The good news is that it's not a big out-of-pocket expense.

(You'll be renting from DirecTV from now on with new hardware.)
It could be years before directv phases out mpeg2 equipment. You're not going to see any official word on that for a long, long, long time. I've got a house full of Series 2 tivos on my non-HD tv's so I will be in the same boat at some point. Directv will upgrade you if you're willing to re-up.

Having said that... upgrade if you can - it's worth it! :)
MPEG-2 SD... will probably never be phased out. As that would require probably more then 40,000,000 receivers to be replaced

MPEG-2 HD though... will begin it's "phase" out aggressively in 2007.
DirecTV has said so in their last QTR report. And they have already started to swap out MPEG-2 HD equipmet for MPEG-4 HD equipment.
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